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Overwatch 2: Release Date, Platforms, Trailers, and More

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Brittany Alva

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9th Sep 2021 15:22

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Fans have been asking for the Overwatch 2 release date for quite some time now. Overwatch 2 was first announced at BlizzCon 2019, and a lot of the game is still shrouded in mystery, however, we do have some details of an Overwatch 2 release date. There’s also a good bit of information about Overwatch 2 in general, including gameplay, story details, and more. 

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Overwatch 2 Release Date

The Overwatch 2 release date hasn't yet been officially announced, but sources say that it could be coming sooner than a lot of people think. In fact, Spring 2022 is looking like a real possibility

While nothing official has been released about an exact date, fans do know that the game has been in development for quite a while. There’s a lot that’s being updated - at BlizzCon 2021, the developers spoke about the work behind the game and how much everyone is putting into it. 

Pretty much everything is getting reworked, including the game modes and how roles work. This takes a lot of time to remake things as well as change major, core features. However, it’s been in development for quite some time, and fans are getting angsty to see it. 

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Overwatch 2 Platforms

Right now, Overwatch is available on PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch consoles along with PC. While there’s no news about the various platforms Overwatch 2 will be available on, it will more than likely release on the same consoles.

There is potential for the Nintendo Switch to get a delayed release - this generally tends to be the case with games like Overwatch on the handheld console. It most likely won’t come to mobile, however, with other FPS games introducing mobile modes, like Valorant, this may change in the future. Mobile gaming is on the rise, after all. 

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Overwatch 2 Gameplay Trailer

There are two different videos and trailers related to Overwatch 2 that fans can watch and get excited about, including a cinematic trailer. The gameplay trailer embedded above for Overwatch 2 shows off the updates the game will have both visually and with certain mechanics. For instance, Heroes are able to be upgraded to become stronger. For Overwatch fans, it’s a pretty exciting video that’s more about creating excitement for the sequel than providing much information.

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Overwatch 2 Cinematic Trailer

 

There’s also an eight-minute long cinematic trailer for Overwatch 2 that focuses on more of the story. It starts off with Tracer, Mei, and Winston heading to Paris because of the robot invasion. The trio works with the local police to save the town, then more Heroes join the fray and help them out. This was another trailer that provided plenty of excitement (and wholesome feelings) but little information about the upcoming game.

In terms of trailers, that’s all fans have right now. More trailers could come out as it gets closer to being released, with potentially more information about the new story and possible new heroes.

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Overwatch 2 Game Modes

The way that games will work in Overwatch 2 will be a bit different than how the first game worked. Games used to be two teams of six going against each other. In Overwatch 2, it will be two games of five going against each other. 

These new teams will include two healers, two damage dealers, and one tank. In the original Overwatch, there was an additional tank.

This change has also caused the game to take longer coming out. The developers have had to rebalance champions, specifically tank Heroes. With the ability to have one in each round, certain, weaker picks would be obsolete. Balance changes are necessary, and these require time to brainstorm and playtest each change they make. 

There will also be a co-op game mode that looks as though it will feature some type of story mode. The gameplay trailer, while talking about co-op, briefly shows off a map with various locations around the world. 

New maps are also coming with the new game modes, one of which has already been shown off. The New York map was shown off in the gameplay trailer for the game back in 2019. These new maps will also be available to Overwatch players after the game comes out.

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Overwatch 2 Story 

The official Overwatch 2 website connects the sequel to the actual game with a small timeline of events. Overwatch was released, and the group of heroes with the same name was established after the Omnic Crisis. Afterward, the Overwatch group fell. This led to a recall, and then the events of the cinematic trailer happened. The cinematic trailer ended with the Overwatch group coming together again, and it appears that Overwatch 2 will start after this event. 

The fact that there is a story in Overwatch 2 could be surprising for newer Overwatch players -- while Overwatch doesn’t really feature a story now, the game used to release a lot of cinematics that gave context to what was happening in the world. Now, of course, the creators are focusing on launching Overwatch 2, so there aren’t as many original Overwatch cinematics happening.

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Overwatch 2 Progression

Some of the best news about Overwatch 2 is that everything from the original game will transfer as long as you use the same Blizzard account to play both games. This includes things like skins, emotes, victory poses, and even player icons. 

This has been part of what has taken Overwatch 2 so long to be developed. At Summer Games Fest 2021, one developer came on stage to show off how Sombra and Baptiste look in the sequel. There’s an emphasis on how detailed the characters are and the fact that that’s why development for the game has quite literally taken years - everything down to the dances had to be updated and made fresh. 

If you’re looking forward to Overwatch 2, then you hopefully won’t need to wait much longer. Keep grinding on the original game - it will pay off when you can take your entire collection into the sequel.

 

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The Team Colours Of The 2021 Overwatch League Playoffs

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15th Sep 2021 18:30

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